When tragedy strikes, it’s effects reach far beyond it’s immediate surrounds. The spirit of a nation is most closely tied to its effort to support it’s people. On December 16th the Philipines was shook by yet another typhoon this season. Its blow to the country hit far deeper than the Mindinao Region. Its impact effected people across the world and the cries for help were far more evident as the voices within were too moving to ignore. Contributions have been in the works and collaborations with companies, organizations and individuals have collectively contributed to the relief efforts. But much more can be done.
For football fans in a country where football is rapidly growing, it is important that we develop the game and the beautiful sport in the proper light and for the good of all people in this country and abroad. When typhoon Sendong hit, the wheels started turning and people from the football world really jumped into “relief mode.” Talks of a charity game had spun and soon enough, the date was set.
On January 7th, the Azkals Alyansa will showcase a charity match against International De Madrid at 4pm Rizal Memorial Stadium. The match will proceed after a Celebrity match that will commence at 2pm. All proceeds for the matches will go to relief efforts of typhoon Sendong.
What can we do as Footballers and Football fans to contribute to the effected lives devastated by such a horrific natural disaster? At the very least, if you are in the area, purchase a ticket at Ticket World and come out to Rizal Memorial Stadium on January 7th to be apart of a very special night.
The Football community will gather for not only a competition or a match, we will all gather for the consideration for life and the appreciation for others. We often times find ourselves faced with the question of whether or not to help, and if so, how? For this special night the answers are clear. Our love for the game and our compassion for life go hand in hand. If we can some how find a way to continue on this path, football in this country will surely reach its potential. Be apart of the night, be apart of the contribution and be apart of not only the growing sport, but the growth of a nation: Stronger and United.
Learn this song and join the thousands to gather at Rizal Memorial Stadium on January 7th. For more Event Information Visit: Ticket world For more information on the Relief efferts Visit: Redcross.org.ph
*IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE CHARITY MATCH, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE RED CROSS HERE
*For our twitter followers out there, lets “trend” the following topic: #SendongCharityGame Show your support and contribute to “Passing the Word Around” It is important to know that even though physical and monitary contributions might not be possible, that power of our voices can go a long way.
Special thanks to the LBC Foundation, Philippines Red Cross, and the ABS CBN Foundation. The Spirrs Newtork is a proud supporter of charitable foundations that bring about change to the life in most need.
Typhoon Sendong battered the Mindanao region and left the entire nation as well as the international community shocked and grieving following the grisly aftermath that included a terrible death toll. As a nation we have a chance to stand as one with the victims and let them know they are not alone. Football is said to be more than a sport. It transcends borders, languages, beliefs, and cultures. And now, it will provide badly needed relief to the thousands and thousands affected by Typhoon Sendong.
“Dili kamo nag-iisa” is more than a football match. The match’s title is an amalgam of Bisaya and Tagalog and is meant to show the strength of unity and purpose that if one of us suffers, then we all stand together to care for one another thereby being far stronger. “Dili kamo nag-iisa” is to date the most meaningful football match in our nation’s history because it is organized to raise funds for the victims and let them know we care. The match will be between a joint team of Azkalsand other footballers and Internacional de Madrid, a Spanish league side, will be played on Jan. 7th at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 4pm.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has been chosen as the main beneficiary for the monies raised from this event and the LBC Foundation are working with the organizers to maximize collecting and distributing donations.